Vote 4 Autism – An Advocacy Campaign by the Autism Society
This page will keep you connected to the government’s actions on autism. Read the latest news update below, then spread the word and contact your representatives to advocate for yourself or your loved one. Also, make sure to take a look at what is going on in your state and local government as well as at the national level. It’s important to support initiatives of any scale that will help the autism community!
Raise Your Voice!
Our government officials are charged with representing our interests, but it’s our responsibility to let them know what we need. If you’re having trouble finding services and your state can’t help, call the governor and raise the issue. If your county provides an excellent program to support your child, email your representative with a thank-you. If there’s a congressional election coming up, write your district’s candidates and ask them what they’re doing for people with autism. We need to let our representatives know that we are paying attention and we want our government to care about autism!
Currently in the House of Representatives, this bill would allow families to put aside savings in tax-free accounts to use for disability-related spending. The Autism Society encourages you to voice your support for the bill as Congress reconvenes in September.
On Wednesday, February 12, Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), will host an event to discuss the findings of a Committee investigation into the obstacles faced by parents whose children were secluded or restrained in public schools.
Autism Society of America signs letter urging Obama to Ensure Disabled Workers Receive Equal Wage Increases
February 5, 2014
Autism Society joined other national organizations to urge President Obama to utilize his authority to end the use of subminimum wage for employees with disabilities.
Join Advocates Across the Country: Ask your Congressman to Sign on to the Disabilities Rights Treaty!
January 9, 2014
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international disability treaty which provides a vital framework for creating legislation and policies around the world that embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. Learn more about what you can do to ensure this treaty is ratified and the rights of all are upheld!